Black Smoke for the New Pope’s First Speech.

French TV channel TF1’s live translation of the first words of Pope Francis after he was elected drew complaints from a large number of viewers. As the Pope recited the “Our Father” and “Hail Mary” in his address, viewers criticised the rough translation of these prayers. The TV channel quickly posted an apology on its [...]

Translation in Life – Food

When thinking about translation and food, I’m reminded of an episode of I Love Lucy, where the four main characters are in an exclusive French restaurant where the menus are only in French. After falling over themselves to avoid ordering first, one of them points to something on the menu and asks for four orders [...]

Translation in Tourism

Have you ever traveled abroad? If you have been to a resort in another country, chances are that you were greeted in English, filled out the forms in English, ordered from an English menu, and much more; all of it working seamlessly and allowing you to enjoy yourself in that country without a language barrier. [...]

Translation in Life – Medicine

When we talk about medical translation, often the first thing we think of is the interpreter in the hospital, facilitating communication between the doctor and the patient who does not speak English. This is of course a very important role, but medical translation goes far beyond this type of example. So much that modern medicine [...]

Translation in Life – When Translation Gets Tough

After the fall of Nazi Germany in 1945, the international community brought many of its leaders to face the court for their war crimes, at the Nuremberg Trials. In the proceedings, the judges, lawyers and defendants involved spoke in German, English, Russian and French. A team of about 30 or 40 interpreters was needed. So [...]